Spiritual Life

Ash Wednesday Devo- Heart of Stone

…And thus we rust Life’s iron chain    Degraded and alone: And some men curse, and some men weep,    And some men make no moan: But God’s eternal Laws are kind    And break the heart of stone. ~Oscar Wilde, The Ballad Of Reading Gaol   It snuck up on me.  This day that marks the beginning of the ...

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#Social: The World Community

God’s world is one world. The unity now being thrust upon us by technological revolution has far outrun our moral and spiritual capacity to achieve a stable world. The enforced unity of humanity, increasingly evident on all levels of life, presents the Church as well as all people with problems that will not wait for answer: injustice, war, exploitation, privilege, ...

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Learning the Language of Faith

A Reflection on John 6:66-69 66 Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. 67 So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?”68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and know that ...

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Sacred Rest for a Weary World

Have you ever noticed that rhythm is a sign of life? You know, there’s an old, old poem – a song really – that tells of this ancient rhythm. It goes like this… In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.           And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And there was evening, and there ...

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#Social: The Social Community

The rights and privileges a society bestows upon or withholds from those who comprise it indicate the relative esteem in which that society holds particular persons and groups of persons. We affirm all persons as equally valuable in the sight of God. We therefore work toward societies in which each person’s value is recognized, maintained, and strengthened. We support the ...

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#Social: The Nurturing Community

The community provides the potential for nurturing human beings into the fullness of their humanity. We believe we have a responsibility to innovate, sponsor, and evaluate new forms of community that will encourage development of the fullest potential in individuals. Primary for us is the gospel understanding that all persons are important—because they are human beings created by God and ...

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#Social Creed

The United Methodist Movement has a reputation for its concern for the people and as a church we have been active on social issues for many years. The Social Principles of the United Methodist Church are crafted to express how we engage in social issues. They are exceedingly important for any United Methodist to know. Today, let’s begin our journey ...

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#Social: a new Social Principles series

The Social Principles are an important part of the United Methodist Church’s Book of Discipline. Our heritage has always been a faith community that is greatly concerned about social action and ability and opportunity of all people to be welcome in the Kingdom of God. The Social Principles are in the Book of Discipline but, unlike the rest of the ...

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The Limits of God’s Grace

In 2006, the sadly now defunct magazine The Journal of Student Ministries published an article called, “The Limits of God’s Grace: What if We Weren’t Afraid of Hell?” written by Bart Campolo, son of Tony and Peggy Campolo, and a noted speaker and author in his own right. After the article was published, several things then happened: Christianity Today called ...

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SPARK Youth Ministry Conference January 8-15, 2016 in Dallas, Texas

I am very excited to announce that the Youthworker Movement team in partnership with Southwestern College, The Institute for Discipleship, Be A Disciple, The Center for Youth Ministry Excellence, Youthworker Circuit, CircuitWriter Media LLC, MethoBlog, Duke Divinity School, Kessler Park UMC, and The Foundation For Ministry Excellence; is launching a brand new affordable Youth Ministry Conference in Dallas, Texas which ...

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